Inside I’m A Celebrity star Shane Richie’s family life and former marriage to Loose Women panellist

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We’ve not got long to wait until we see a star-studded cast head to Gwrych Castle in Wales for the new series of I’m A Celebrity.

And included in that lineup is EastEnders icon Shane Richie, 56, who skyrocketed to even higher fame as character Alfie Moon on the hit BBC show.

Before playing this part, Shane was already a well known comic, and we’ve no doubt he’ll be packing jokes galore to lighten up the lives of the contestants heading to the castle.

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Shane was a late signing for the show after his spell in pantomime was cancelled and he joked nervously as his name was announced: "What's the worst that could happen? Am I scared… Nah…"

So, as he takes on the trials and tasks of the show, who will be at home watching him (from behind the sofa!) Let’s take a look…

Is Shane Richie married?

Shane has been married to his wife Christie Goddard since 21 July, 2007.

Christie is an actress and you might recognise her from the likes of The Last Dance, American Daylight and Hustle.

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Before Christie, Shane was married to Loose Women panellist and former singer Coleen Nolan.

Their marriage lasted from 1990-1999 but reportedly ended after their long-distance relationship became a struggle to maintain.

On-screen, Shane is known for his tumultuous relationship with Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace.

Does Shane Richie have children?

Shane shares three children with wife Christie, Mackenzie Blue, Lolita Bell and Romani-Skye Angel Shelley.

He also has children from his previous marriage to Coleen, with the pair sharing two sons, Shane Roche Jr and Jake Roche.

What else should you know?

Shane has had a very successful career in television.

The London born star took his stage name from singer Lionel Richie, but was born Shane Patrick Roache.

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Beginning his career as a bluecoat entertainer at Pontins, Richie then went on to become a well known comedian and actor who has also starred in Moving On, Flushed Away, Benidorm, Caught In The Act and Win, Lose or Draw.

Shane first appeared in EastEnders from 2002-2005 and has since dabbled in the show, returning from 2010-2016.

He then returned to the soap again in March 2018 but left the following year.

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